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Cockroaches!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by PoultryQueen29, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. PoultryQueen29

    PoultryQueen29 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was cleaning out my chickens' bedding and a cockroach crawled out from under it and scuttled away. My heart sort of skipped a beat and I ran inside. I sprayed all around the inside of the coop with poultry spray and put new bedding on top. I havn't seen any in the coop since then but I just opened the door to my shed and 2 roaches nearly fell on my head! I really don't want them going into my house and I don't know how to stop them. [​IMG] What should I do to keep them out?
     
  2. SilkieBantams

    SilkieBantams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Let the roaches get eaten by the chickens
     
  3. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will chickens eat roaches? I don't have any here, but I do have box alder bugs by the million at certain times of year and my girls turn their little beaks up at them. Picky eaters, one and all. [​IMG]
     
  4. anderson8505

    anderson8505 Peace, Love & Happy Chickens

    My chickens eat roaches, yours probably just missed that one. It's ants that mine can't keep up with.
     
  5. goldeneggtees

    goldeneggtees Fluffy Butt Nut

    Mar 11, 2009
    Long Island, NY
    ewwwwwwww [​IMG]
     
  6. JP101010

    JP101010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    HAHA , now I know I am Addicted to chickens because when I read the title of this thread,a part of me thought yummm (for my chickens) [​IMG][​IMG]
    If i leave a deep container with a tiny bit of chicken feed mash in the yard overnight , i can trap about 30 large palmettos , roaches and stink bugs- and that becomes the flocks treat buffet for the next day! Its an all out riot to try to catch them live [​IMG] I found out on accident and thought its greener than buying dehydrated crickets and mealworms. Mrs. Red always is the first to realize when the container is set out , shes a very smart chicken
     
  7. corgiscatsandchickens

    corgiscatsandchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the roaches you're seeing are the smaller, almost black variety, don't worry anyway. Those are wood roaches, and while they look a lot like the roaches that can cause an infestation in homes and apartments, they won't. Even if they came into your house. We used to have a TON of those wood roaches in our chicken house. Used to. The girls figured out that if they scratch up the bedding, the roaches can be found hiding. Now it's no surprise to find all of them inside the hen house hunting roaches!

    Don't worry a thing about it. Roaches = Protein! Just try not to think about it when you're eating the eggs![​IMG]
     
  8. PoultryQueen29

    PoultryQueen29 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all the answers. I can't let the chickens eat them because they arn't in the chicken coop anymore. I'll try catching them and then feeding them to the chickens though.
     
  9. PoultryQueen29

    PoultryQueen29 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just sprayed the inside of my shed with pesticides so hopefully that gets rid of them!
     
  10. SilkieBantams

    SilkieBantams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Pesticides is harmful to chickens...
     

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